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UK-based Genesys International has selected Water Planet, a global supplier of high-performance, membrane-based water treatment solutions, as the US distributor for its line of reverse osmosis membrane anti-scalant and cleaning chemicals.
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There’s an interesting article on the BBC’s website about debris washed into the ocean by the earthquake-triggered tsunami which hit Japan’s north-eastern coast five years ago tomorrow, on 11th March 2011. Whole towns were washed away and as well as the enormous loss of life; it is estimated that about 20 million tonnes of material ended up in the sea as a result of the disaster.
While much of this material sank, some is still washing up along the North American coast and it’s being tracked by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Programme, which is attempting to identify the items and reconcile them with their owners. Since September 2015, 64 items officially identified as tsunami debris have been washed ashore, from Alaska to Hawaii, including this Harley-Davidson motorcycle (image courtesy of the NOAA), which was found on Graham Island in British Columbia, Canada, in the container its Japanese owner, Ikio Yokohama, had used to store it, back in Japan.
Ikio – who lost several family members in the tsunami, decided that rather than accept offers to have it shipped back to him, it should be exhibited at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, US, as a memorial to others whose lives were touched by the disaster.
The report notes that while the biggest items have received the most attention, the vast majority of the debris was smaller. Much of it is entirely or mostly sub-surface and can only be moved by currents, which means that a great deal of it has accumulated in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a long-standing collection of marine debris.
The article paints a very graphic picture of not only how long our rubbish will contaminate our oceans, but just how far it can travel whilst doing so. I wonder whether it will make enough of us who see it, think twice though – before carelessly discarding unwanted items and rubbish – and make a difference to the amount left bobbing around in the sea? For while catastrophic events such as the tsunami will do their damage without mankind’s help, smaller events such as a carelessly discarded plastic bottle, or plastic bag, or nappy – when added up globally – can do quite a damage too, can’t they?
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"Today's figures show a further increase in the number of people on zero-hours contracts, including a growing proportion of people on those contracts for less than a year.
This Spring is your opportunity to meet the Bonasystems' experts at the Manchester Cleaning Show from the 6-7 April 2016, at Event City in Manchester. During the Show the team will be running a series of demonstrations on Stand E07.
From Pendulum Tests to the latest anti-slip products, Bonasystems will highlight the most recent developments in floor care, maintenance, and lend advice on how to prevent workplace slips, trips and falls.
Moreover, sales of professional use handcare products surpass other professional cleaning chemicals, such as floorcare and hard surface cleaners, growing at 3.6% in 2015 to nearly $1.5 billion at the end-user level, finds the recently published Industrial and Institutional Hand Care: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline.
"Dry cleaning is changing," says Adrian Redgate, director at National Dry Cleaners. Established in 1897 and based in Nottingham, National Dry Cleaners has an established reputation for high quality cleaning and outstanding customer service. Led today by Adrian Redgate, the great grandson of founder Henry Redgate, it remains a family business.
The company has an excellent working relationship with some of Nottingham's top fashion and bridal brands as well as retail outlets. Leading fashion guru Paul Smith is among National Dry Cleaner's well-known customers.
Recently released ATP test results (a process of rapidly measuring actively growing microorganisms through detection of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP) using an aqueous ozone cleaning system to clean five different surfaces, show the powerful effectiveness of this cleaning technology.
The tests were conducted using aqueous ozone cleaning machines manufactured by CleanCore Technology.
TVH Group has acquired the assets of the Danish lift truck manufacturer DanTruck ApS.
Wecoline has introduced a new red scrub pad made from the well-known Full Cycle Americo material. This new red quality has been developed to produce a pad with more cleaning power, without adding any abrasive grains to the pad.
Holchem has launched an Industrial Spill Kit. Aimed at businesses where hygiene standards are of the utmost importance, the kit is designed to clean up the effects of illnesses such as Norovirus and contain them to restrict the spread in the workplace.
Whether it's generated from a member of the workforce or a customer, any illness within the food industry has to be addressed and dealt with straight away. The kit will deactivate and destroy any viruses from bodily fluids that the site has been exposed to and should work hand in hand with the best practice protocols put in place to deal with such situations.
Manufactured in the UK to the highest standards, the EU- & US-patented Dip-San is claimed by the company to be the only self-cleaning toilet brush on the market. Ideal for the professional cleaning environment, including hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, offices, schools and public facilities, every unit boasts a lifetime guarantee.
This new insight could lead to new methods of preventing infections and could contribute to overcoming problems with antibiotic resistance.
The news comes after the recent government review on the antibiotic resistance challenge suggested that deaths from antibiotic resistant infection could exceed deaths from cancer by 2050, and cost the global economy $100 trillion.
This has been achieved in many microbreweries by using a simple rapid test, to determine the hygienic quality of their production equipment and working surface areas.
Some 175 GMB Union members working as cleaners and hostesses for private contractor Aramark at four hospitals making up the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action to win a genuine living wage, suitable sick pay and unsocial hours payments.
Many of the staff who keep the four hospital sites clean and prepare and serve food to the patients are paid as little as £7.38 per hour and receive only 10 days of sick pay per year which is not paid in the first year of service or for the first three days of sickness, reports the GMB.
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An occupational health & safety management system standard written with the ultimate aim of replacing OHSAS 18001, it is available until April 15th for comment.
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While it proudly supports and preserves the ancient customs and traditions of The City, the WCEC is much more than a relic of another age. As befits a soon to be 30-year-old, it is very much a modern Livery Company, focused on helping to meet the changing needs and challenges of today's cleaning industry.
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Knowing that [email protected] goes to everyone who knows everything about cleaning, I wondered if you could ask your readership for a solution to the following cleaning problem.
I have a property that has not had a window open for 15 years and the owner smoked 50 cigarettes a day. Everything is thick with yellow stain and it smells awful - emulsion painted ceilings and walls, gloss paintwork/doors, metal surfaces (boiler and radiators), windows, tiles etc. are all nicotine-coloured.
FutureClean Assured Systems, often employed as an 'expert witness' in legal proceedings and also a consultant to the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence, shared some of its expertise more widely recently with those taking part in the seminar programme during Clean India Pulire.
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